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Living Room
Welcoming Entrance Way to Gion-Kyuraku
Beautiful Garden at Gion-Kyuraku (Designed by Tomoatsu Sano, Photo by Kodai Masuda)
Wood curved sign at entrance
Beautiful illuminated garden at Gion-Kyuraku
Front Entrance
Display area in living room - 1st floor
Living Room looking from the garden
Antique light-fixture in Living Room
Living room looking into the garden
Kitchen - 1st floor
Antique light-fixture in dining area
Dining Room - 1st floor
Antique shoe box
Looking into the garden from the living room
2nd floor hallway with handmade rail
Balcony
Main Bedroom - 2nd floor
Fusuma Design
Sitting area in main bedroom with cathedral ceiling
Sitting area in main bedroom - 2nd floor
2nd Bedroom - 2nd floor
Beautiful weaved wooden ceiling - 2nd bedroom on the 2nd floor
Bathroom facing the garden
View from bathroom at night
Handmade Shigaraki Ware Sink
Working desk in the den - 1st floor
Den - 1st floor
Den can be turned into the 3rd bedroom
Antique light-fixture at entrance hall
Balcony
Looking into the Tsuboniwa Garden from the Balcony.
Designed by Tomoatsu Sano, Garden Designer
Washer/Dryer
Eco-friendly Toilet
Exterior details on the 2nd floor
Fall foliage in Kyoto
One of the many temples in the area
Our Garden Designer was selected as one of the top 100 gardeners for the book published in 2014
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 6
Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Kinki

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hirokoana...
Beijing, China
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Perfectly located, beautifully renovated traditional house”
Reviewed 6 October 2017 for a stay in October 2017
1
person found this review helpful

We stayed here twice already (once with my parents and once with my wife's parents) everyone loved the experience. Apart from the beautiful house itself (as you can see in all the pictures), we also loved the great location it is in: it is in Gion. about 10-15 minutes walk to Kyomizu temple, 5-10 minutes to Yasaka shrine, 5-10 minutes to the riverside, perfectly walkable to all sights as well as shopping districts. For daily supppies, it is literally right next to a very decent supermarket (visited mostly by locals) and only steps away from some lovely cafes and little restaurants. You can also go for a walk in Kennin-ji temple 3 minutes away- one of the oldest temples in Kyoto.
It is close to pretty much most of the things you would like to see and experience in Kyoto yet it is a bit tucked away in a quiet little street so it doesn't feel touristy at all.

On top of all these, Rieko has been a very warm host and provided us with any help we needed, she also made an effort to come in and see us both times to welcome us with a beautifully wrapped gift, this has made the whole experience even better!

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay both times and can't wait to go back again! We would be more than happy to recommend this guesthouse to our family and friends ( we have done so already actually) :)

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Management Response
7 Oct 2017
Thank you for the perfect and beautiful review of Gion Kyuraku. Repeat and regular guests show how great the location and how beautiful the house really is. What the pictures can't tell you is trueness of the scent and sound of a traditional Kyo-machiya that is located in one of the oldest parts of Kyoto city where maiko walk freely on a daily bases. Rieko's concierge service is second to none. Another reason for many regular and repeat visitors to Gion Kyuraku. Thank you once again for your personal and insightful review.
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562virgin...
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beautiful and very good location! ”
Reviewed 19 June 2017 for a stay in April 2017
1
person found this review helpful

When we arrived the building was easy to find via Google maps. The bus stop is just steps away. It was beautiful, clean, and traditional. We only stayed one night but it was awesome. The tub and heated floors were a great touch. I also loved the little garden off of the living room. The next morning it was only a 15 minute walk to Kiyomizudera Temple. I highly recommend this property and will definitely stay there again when we go back to Kyoto!

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Go640423
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Beautiful, comfortable and central”
Reviewed 23 May 2017 for a stay in March 2017
1
person found this review helpful

We loved our stay in this beautiful and very central machiya. We were a short walk from many of the major sights, and Gion itself is beautiful for a walk day or night. We enjoyed relaxing in the living room and ebing able to prepare some of our own meals, and the machiya had the most comfortable beds we slept in during our entire holiday in Japan. We definitely recommend a stay here.

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Management Response
24 May 2017
Thank you for the perfect 5-star review. It is all about location, and Gion Kyuraku has one of the best locations in Kyoto; the Gion district. Where Kyoto's historical sights meet modern day conveniences like Kyomizu temple and local grocery stores. Kyuraku does have some of the most comfortable futons (Japanese bedding) our guest tell us. Thank you once again for your insightful and informative review.
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Loki F
Kuching, Malaysia
Level 5 Contributor
26 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“The Machiya for a family dream vacation”
Reviewed 26 May 2016 for a stay in April 2016
2
people found this review helpful

This machiya is absolutely the best place to stay. It's very close to a supermart, restaurants, temples and you can experience old Japan with all the modern amnenities in a small but fully equipped house - washing machine, iron, TV, vacuum cleaner, heater/aircond, fridge, stove, utensils, towels, soaps, detergents...basically, everything. The owners clearly paid a lot of attention into details, incl making beautiful tiny origamis as gifts. Thomas & Rieko were friendly & fast in responding to any concerns, check-in process is extremely smooth. Best of all, the machiya has 2 toilets and for a group of 6 adults, that is a blessing! The location is fantastic...probably a 5 min walking distance to Gion and 10mins to Kiyomizudera.
Cant recommend this place enough.

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Liked best: the hosts, the house
Liked least: the garbage collection schedule but only because we ate in a lot during our stay!
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Families with young children Large groups
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Management Response
28 May 2016
Thank you for an absolutely amazing review of Gion Kyuraku. We like to think of Gion Kyuraku as a Japanese sized machiya which is large enough for six adults to live comfortably by Japanese standard. In addition to the long list of amnesties already mentioned. These is a Japanese deck on the second floor with outdoor patio furniture to enjoy your morning coffee and a Japanese garden (tsuboniwa) which is designed and maintained by one of Kyoto’s leading gardening families. Thank you for your recommendation.
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judejude
sydney
Level 6 Contributor
86 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Great Machiya and wonderful host.”
Reviewed 21 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015
3
people found this review helpful

We stayed for 4 nights with my wife and 2 young children aged 7 and 9 years.
The place was exactly as specified. It was a lovely Machiya in Gion. Very comfortable and beautiful.
Firstly the biggest plus for this place is the host Reiko. I cannot speak highly enough about her. She responded promptly to every email. We asked for restaurant recommendations and she booked us restaurants. She sent us English and Japanese versions of the directions to tell taxi drivers. She booked taxis for us..
Most hosts just give you the keys and don't get too involved.
The only negative about the place is the location of being on a small side street off a one way street. Every taxi we took had trouble finding the place, even with directions written in Japanese provided by Reiko. Luckily my wife has a good sense of direction or we'd be lost each time. Otherwise the location was good , close to the heart of Gion.

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Liked best: The host
Liked least: Hard to find street.
Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Families with young children
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Management Response
8 Dec 2015
Thank you for your wonderful comments and complements of Rieko?s concierge skills. It is our hope that we can customize each visitors stay at Gion Kyuraku. It is the little things that make ones stay truly memorable. As you may have hear though main stream media Kyoto City, Japan is having a record breaking numbers of foreign tourist which has caused a shortage of skilled labor in the tourist industry in every corner including taxi drivers that deeply knowledgeable about this historic city roads. Again, thank you for your comments and insight.
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